Senior Preston King struck out 8 Ferndale batters in a 6-0 Lynden victory. Photo: Doug Lange
King in Command as Lynden Blanks Ferndale
April 24, 2019
Doug Lange Bellingham
Lynden baseball got a royal performance out of pitcher Preston King Tuesday in a 6-0 road victory at Ferndale. The Lions recorded their 4th straight win and the 8th overall in their last 9 outings.
King held Ferndale to just 2 hits on the day, en-route to his 5th victory of the year. The right-hander registered 8 strikeouts while walking just 4 batters.
In an offensively challenged game that featured a combined 5 hits, Lynden coach Cory White was very impressed with King's performance on the mound.
"We knew that we had to come in and throw strikes and make the plays behind him and Preston just did a heck of a job today," said White. "I mean he just pounded the zone. Got a fair amount of strikeouts, did what he had to do."
King won the pitchers duel match-up versus Geirean Hatchett. The Ferndale lefty was on a roll through the first three innings, allowing just one hit with 4 strikeouts, but the Lions got to the junior in the 4th.
Lynden turned a hit, 4 walks, a sac-fly and a hit-by-pitch into 3 runs in the 4th. Connor White got the lone hit, with an 2-out, RBI single that scored Jack Doolittle from third for the final run of the inning.
The Lions added 3 more runs in the 5th. Catcher Carter Parcher had an RBI double and scored a run on a wild pitch.
King posted the other Lynden hit, with a third inning single. Clearly though the senior was focused on his mound performance versus the Golden Eagles.
"Well I just kind of tell myself I have to do the best I can to get ground balls for my defense and just do what I can," said King. "And knowing that we're facing Geirean Hatchett, I knew it was going to be a pitching battle."
Lynden improved to 13-and-4 overall with the win. At 10-and-2 in league play, the Lions sit in a 3- way tie with Sehome and Burlington for second place in the Northwest Conference. Lynden wraps up the season with home games Thursday versus Bellingham and Saturday against Sammamish in a non-league affair.
After dropping their 4th straight game, Ferndale (9-9/5-7 NWC) will look to bounce back with a conference counter Thursday at Lakewood. The Golden Eagles play their regular season finale Friday in a non-conference match-up at Burlington.
4/23/19 NWC Scoreboard
Sedro-Woolley 3 Blaine 0
Sehome 5 Nooksack Valley 2
Burlington 1 Squalicum 0
Lynden Christian 8 Lakewood 2
Anacortes 10 Bellingham 0
- Doug Lange Bellingham
Lynden coach Cory White on the TDLN postgame show. PHOTO: Tyler Anderson
Lynden catcher Carter Parcher warms up prior to the game vs. Ferndale. PHOTO: Doug Lange